Twenty-six classmates participated in Booker’s reunion which included family and friends. Classmates came from as far away as Rohnert Park and Santa Maria, California, Rochester, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Bowie, Maryland, and Glendale, Wisconsin, as well as class members from the Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg and Tampa area. There were 76 graduates in the class and was the last graduating class during that era.
Reunion activities included a “Meet & Greet” on Friday night at Long- wood Run Park and a dinner and dance on Saturday night at the Palm Aire Country Club. The group also worshipped together at Light of the World Church on Sunday morning, with a wrap up session Sunday after- noon at Longwood Run Park. The class thanks Booker High School, the Sarasota Recreation Department, the Sarasota City Commission, and the Sarasota Police for donations of door prizes.
Lincoln’s reunion began with a “Welcome Back” ole fashion barbecue social on Friday night. The reunion banquet was held at the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Bradenton and included speeches by Coach Ed- die Shannon and Carmen Mathis and Raymond Bellamy, who were voted “most likely to succeed.” A memorial service for deceased classmates was held and the class attended worship service together at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church followed by lunch at Millers Dutch Kitchen in Bradenton.
The class of 1967 was also the last graduating class as Lincoln Memorial High School with 130 graduates. Class officers were President – Rosalyn Anderson; Vice President – Ronald Dawes; Secretary – Arsie Mabry and Treasurer – Harold Zanders.
Sixty-five were in attendance at the reunion and former teachers and staff in attendance were Elaine Brown, Maxie Bragg, Philip McPherson, Coach Eddie Shannon and Lorine Brown.
Class member traveling the farthest 3,000miles was Linda Alexander Turner from Graham, Washington.
The reunion planning committee consisted of Lynette Hayes Edwards, Valerie Adams Bowden, Jerry “Rope” Nelson, Richardean Fields Bruce, Gloria Stephens, Sharon Wells Jones, and JoAnn Thomas Surrency.